10 things you need to know today: May 20, 2015

THE WEEK 1.Takata makes recall largest in U.S. automotive history Japanese airbag maker Takata announced Tuesday that it was doubling its recalls in the United States to cover 33.8 million vehicles, making it the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Takata airbag inflaters can explode upon deployment, spraying shrapnel. The airbags have been linked to six deaths… More 10 things you need to know today: May 20, 2015

Witnesses Say LA Police Shot And Killed A Man While He Was Laying On The Ground

Apparently “militarized” police all over the country are not immune to this problem… Think Progress Los Angeles police shot and killed a 25-year-old who his family said suffered from mental disabilities. Ezell Ford, 25, was shot Monday night and died after being transported to the hospital, according to KTLA. The shooting comes in the wake… More Witnesses Say LA Police Shot And Killed A Man While He Was Laying On The Ground

10 things you need to know today: December 10, 2013

The Week Obama praises Mandela at a massive memorial service, an ice storm hammers the East, and more 1. Obama eulogizes Mandela at memorial service President Obama joined 100 other world leaders at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in a Johannesburg soccer stadium on Tuesday. Obama said the late South African leader was an inspiration to… More 10 things you need to know today: December 10, 2013

FBI Arrests 18 L.A. Sherriff’s Deputies in Corruption/Inmate Abuse Investigation

It’s good to read how the tables can turn on the bad apples in law enforcement… Daily Kos One small blow, perhaps, to the burgeoning Prison Industrial Complex. From NBC News: Nearly 20 L.A. current and former sheriff’s deputies were expected to be arrested Monday in connection with a two-year- federal probe into corruption and inmate… More FBI Arrests 18 L.A. Sherriff’s Deputies in Corruption/Inmate Abuse Investigation

Jimmy Kimmel Shows Americans Don’t Know Difference Between ACA, Obamacare (VIDEO)

Unbelievable… TPM Livewire “Jimmy Kimmel Live” tested an experiment this week: Do Americans like the “Affordable Care Act” better than “Obamacare”? For that matter, do they even know that both terms refer to the same law? After asking several individuals on the streets of Los Angeles for their opinion of each label, the late night… More Jimmy Kimmel Shows Americans Don’t Know Difference Between ACA, Obamacare (VIDEO)

Trayvon Martin Supporters Rally After Zimmerman Verdict

This doesn’t soften the blow of the verdict for many people.  However, it’s good to know that so many Americans agree that the young man had a “right to life”… Time Hundreds of activists demand justice for Trayvon Martin after marching to Times Square from New York’s Union Square, July 14, 2013. Worshippers at the… More Trayvon Martin Supporters Rally After Zimmerman Verdict

Fake photo of Trayvon Martin still making the rounds

See the unrelated video below this post to see how some people “stack the deck” when they want to overwhelm the “system” with their propaganda. The Root The Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capehart says it’s despicable that people are circulating a photo of tattooed Los Angeles rapper The Game and saying it’s Trayvon Martin. He’s says… More Fake photo of Trayvon Martin still making the rounds

Koch Brothers eye L.A. Times, other Tribune newspapers: sources

Good luck with that, fellas… Reuters Charles and David Koch, two of the world’s richest men, are interested in Tribune’s newspaper assets, which include the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, according to sources familiar with situation. Earlier on Tuesday, L.A. Weekly reported that the Koch brothers were rumored to be interested in either… More Koch Brothers eye L.A. Times, other Tribune newspapers: sources

Christopher Dorner: cabin fire was not intentional, say police

I’ve been hesitant to write about this story due to some unresolved ambivalence on my part. On one hand, I recognize completely that Christopher Dorner coldly murdered four people.  There is absolutely no justification for such actions by a sane and rational human being.  The question remains, however, was he sane and rational?  It seems to… More Christopher Dorner: cabin fire was not intentional, say police

10 things you need to know today: February 10, 2013

The Week The first lady attends a Chicago teen’s funeral, the world celebrates Chinese New Year, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion 1. NORTHEAST DIGS OUT AFTER BIG WINTER STORM Utility workers braved temperatures in the teens on Saturday and Sunday to restore power to some 650,000… More 10 things you need to know today: February 10, 2013